This may be the year for two cuttings of tall fescue hay. That's good news.
"Now is the time to kill toxic tall fescue," says Craig Roberts, forage specialist.
New forage research gives reason to not graze toxic fescue grass too short. The bottom 2 inches of infected grass holds highest levels of the alkaloid causing problems for grazing livestock.
Nontoxic varieties of fescue produce more beef on fewer acres and are available for use.
Over the decades, cattle farmers learned to work around toxins in fescue grass in their pastures. "We called it 'managing fescue,'" says Craig Roberts, extension forage specialist. "It shou
"Say 'goodbye' to profit-robbing toxic fescue" is the theme of four schools to start March 30 across Missouri.
What are endophytes and what impact could they have on my livestock?
Odd fall weather and fescue pasture growth set up potential poisonous pastures causing fescue foot in cow herds.